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Robert Riviello, MD
Associate Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Surgery
Trauma, Burns, & Critical Care
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Narrative:

My academic focus is global surgery with a particular interest in capacity building to increase delivery of safe surgical services in sub-Saharan Africa. The research projects are rather buried. Current projects:

1) A randomized controlled trial to assess the utility of a mobile health app for identifying surgical site infections in rural communities in Rwanda.

2) Non-technical skills for surgeons in low income settings curriculum was developed using a qualitative research framework. Now, efforts for scaling the training program across Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia are beginning. Research endeavors will be to assess effectiveness and impact.


Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Lyu HG, Castillo-Angeles M, Bruno M, Cooper Z, Nehra D, Nitzschke S, Askari R, Kelly E, Shimizu N, Riviello R, Salim A, Havens JM. Outcomes of a Low-osmolar Water-soluble Contrast Pathway in Small Bowel Obstruction. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jun 12.

2. Odhiambo J, Ruhumuriza J, Nkurunziza T, Riviello R, Shrime M, Lin Y, Rusangwa C, Omondi JM, Toma G, Nyirimodoka A, Mpunga T, Hedt-Gauthier BL. Health Facility Cost of Cesarean Delivery at a Rural District Hospital in Rwanda Using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing. Matern Child Health J. 2019 May; 23(5):613-622.

3. Bernard L, Giles A, Fabiano S, Giles S, Hudgins S, Olson A, Shrime MG, Feldman S, Riviello R. Predictors of Obstetric Fistula Repair Outcomes in Lubango, Angola. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019 Apr 12.

4. Ramirez AG, Nuradin N, Byiringiro F, Ntakiyiruta G, Giles AE, Riviello R. General Thoracic Surgery in Rwanda: An Assessment of Surgical Volume and of Workforce and Material Resource Deficits. World J Surg. 2019 01; 43(1):36-43.

5. Hedt-Gauthier BL, Riviello R, Nkurunziza T, Kateera F. Growing research in global surgery with an eye towards equity. Br J Surg. 2019 01; 106(2):e151-e155.

6. Rickard J, Ngarambe C, Ndayizeye L, Smart B, Riviello R, Majyambere JP. Critical Care Management of Peritonitis in a Low-Resource Setting. World J Surg. 2018 10; 42(10):3075-3080.

7. Cancedda C, Cotton P, Shema J, Rulisa S, Riviello R, Adams LV, Farmer PE, Kagwiza JN, Kyamanywa P, Mukamana D, Mumena C, Tumusiime DK, Mukashyaka L, Ndenga E, Twagirumugabe T, Mukara KB, Dusabejambo V, Walker TD, Nkusi E, Bazzett-Matabele L, Butera A, Rugwizangoga B, Kabayiza JC, Kanyandekwe S, Kalisa L, Ntirenganya F, Dixson J, Rogo T, McCall N, Corden M, Wong R, Mukeshimana M, Gatarayiha A, Ntagungira EK, Yaman A, Musabeyezu J, Sliney A, Nuthulaganti T, Kernan M, Okwi P, Rhatigan J, Barrow J, Wilson K, Levine AC, Reece R, Koster M, Moresky RT, O'Flaherty JE, Palumbo PE, Ginwalla R, Binanay CA, Thielman N, Relf M, Wright R, Hill M, Chyun D, Klar RT, McCreary LL, Hughes TL, Moen M, Meeks V, Barrows B, Durieux ME, McClain CD, Bunts A, Calland FJ, Hedt-Gauthier B, Milner D, Raviola G, Smith SE, Tuteja M, Magriples U, Rastegar A, Arnold L, Magaziner I, Binagwaho A. Health Professional Training and Capacity Strengthening Through International Academic Partnerships: The First Five Years of the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2018 Aug 06; 7(11):1024-1039.

8. Okoroh J, Essoun S, Seddoh A, Harris H, Weissman JS, Dsane-Selby L, Riviello R. Evaluating the impact of the national health insurance scheme of Ghana on out of pocket expenditures: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 06 07; 18(1):426.

9. Scott JW, Lin Y, Ntakiyiruta G, Mutabazi Z, Davis WA, Morris MA, Smink DS, Riviello R, Yule S. Identification of the Critical Nontechnical Skills for Surgeons Needed for High Performance in a Variable-resource Context (NOTSS-VRC). Ann Surg. 2018 May 17.

10. Shah AA, Zogg CK, Rehman A, Latif A, Zafar H, Shakoor A, Wasif N, Chapital AB, Riviello R, Ashfaq A, Williams M, Cornwell EE, Haider AH. Disparate outcomes of global emergency surgery - A matched comparison of patients in developed and under-developed healthcare settings. Am J Surg. 2018 06; 215(6):1029-1036.